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Legislator wants to end casino sharing with South Suburbs

State lawmakers are quietly moving forward with crafting new legislation that would greatly expand casino gambling in Illinois — an effort that’s been tried before without success.

A major difference this time is that not only will opposition likely surface, but proposals will be made to provide relief for one or more communities where a casino operates and collects large amounts of tax revenue.

Over the years, opponents of gambling expansion have cited the fear that any new gaming operations, whether casinos or video machines, will tear away at the revenue that the 10 operations earn. Many towns in the Northwest suburbs allow video gaming machines, which earns the municipality and company where the machines are located, sizable sums of money…Please click here to read  Todd Wessell’s story in Journal & Topics.

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